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posted Friday, March 4, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 09
Meet the Seattle United Soccer League's Tom Abrams
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Meet the Seattle United Soccer League's Tom Abrams

by Seattle United Soccer League - Special to SGN

You wouldn't be able to notice by working side-by-side with him. You wouldn't notice watching him play soccer on Seattle Stonewall FC. You wouldn't notice by the way he enjoys cars and likes driving his tricked-out Nissan 370Z. You wouldn't notice it by the way he talks to and interacts with his friends. You wouldn't notice by the way he walks or runs. All you would notice is that Tommy Abrams is an ordinary guy, but the reality is far from it - he is extraordinary.

Out of everything that makes us mortal, the spirit of competition is one of our most enduring traits. That spirit motivates us, it inspires us, challenges us, and engages us. The motivation to improve while learning new fundamentals of a team sport and being able to share a new experience with other friends allows each of us to interact and unite competitively and socially. Players have different skill levels and different backgrounds. Bringing that diversity together is important to Tom.

As a child, Tom learned to play organized sports, just like other kids his age. He's been playing organized soccer since he was 6 years old.

Tom moved to Seattle from Los Angeles for a boyfriend. He actually moved his ex-wife and son up here at the same time. He is one of the fortunate ones to have a great relationship with his ex-wife.

'We will always stay in the same city as our son, Ayden, no matter who we are with,' said Tom.

In California, there weren't any organized Gay soccer leagues like there are in Seattle. But there was a Gay Volleyball League which he played in.

That's how he met his boyfriend. They met as he was playing at the Volleyball Nationals in Vancouver, and his boyfriend was playing on a team from Seattle.

After arriving, Tom didn't play soccer right away. He socialized and made a network of friends playing in the Seattle Gay Volleyball League. After making the Northwest his new home, Tom first played in a gym. Rather than taking shots on goal, he was setting and spiking a volleyball until he found out there was a Gay soccer organization in Seattle. That is when Tom joined the local club and started focusing on sharing his talent with his feet on a soccer field with less-skilled players.

You can tell immediately that Tom is gifted with his soccer cleats and with his voice. He now mentors younger athletes and displays his ability graciously. You see him as a counselor of the game. He is a positive mature role model in a more youthful activity.

The club Tom plays in primarily consists of GLBT soccer teams that play in outside organizations, such as GSSL, Co-Rec, and Indoor. These leagues compete against straight teams. The Gay boys enjoy whupping some straight boys' butts and then celebrating afterward socially.

Tom was excited to hear about the Seattle United Soccer League. There had been times that he played against other Gay teams in Co-Rec, and he thought it was a blast to play against friends in the community! 'I'm very excited to play with all my friends, and meet new ones as well!' he says.

Tom plays as much soccer during the week that he can, whether it is Sundays on Seattle Stonewall FC or Tuesday nights playing for R Place Hydro. He has a gift, and Tom's team definitely is at an advantage. He has played for teams that have traveled the globe, and to several world championships. He plays in many leagues right now, and is adjusting his schedule to fit the Seattle United Soccer League in. He is very excited to play and be a part of this league. It's new and he hopes to meet new people and play against his friends on Saturdays.

Like the World Cup or the NBA/NFL lottery, the Seattle United Soccer League is different than most because there is a draft. You don't get to choose your teams; you are randomly selected into one by a lottery, while the top 24 premier players are drafted onto the different clubs.

'I think it provides a great venue to meet new players and play against teams that are not stacked,' stated Tom.

For more information and to register for the spring league, visit www.seattleunitedsl.com. League lottery and draft March 25; Jamboree March 26.

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